Advance Wars

Game Boy Advance
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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 120 Ratings

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  • Summary: The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak linkThe battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. One of the best aspects of Advance Wars is the sheer amount of things you can do. If you choose not to play the Campaign mode, you can still fight and earn battlefields in the War Room, or can get friends together and play multiplayer on either one GBA or link up to four GBAs at one time.
  2. 100
    Handheld game or not, the depth and complexity of Advance Wars is astonishing.
  3. From trying to unlock every CO to buying all the War Room and Vs. maps to trying to earn the best rank possible, there are enough features in this game to make three games. Advance Wars is pretty much perfect in every category.
  4. The replay value is great and this game will last forever.
  5. In terms of sheer depth and pure gameplay, there really is nothing else on the GBA to touch Advance Wars.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    73
    I never had so much fun NOT playing a game. You see, whether you share one GBA or link several up, you don't get to do anything when it's not your turn. [Oct 2001, p.156]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. JoeT.
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    A highly addictive, yet extremely complex game for the GBA. This game perfectly fits the mold of 'easy to learn, hard to master'.
  2. AndrewD.
    Oct 6, 2005
    10
    I think this game was amazing i just wonder why they stopped making it i was gunna buy it..... but then i couldnt find any.
  3. JamesD.
    Mar 18, 2003
    10
    Really cool game. I have been playing strategy games since the C64 days and this is one of the most addictive I have ever seen. The graphics Really cool game. I have been playing strategy games since the C64 days and this is one of the most addictive I have ever seen. The graphics are a plaesent change of pace from the "over the top" realism seen in some other recent offerings. Kudos to Nintendo on a job done well once again!! Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2019
    10
    The art style always scared me away, but wow I love this game. Even more than the sequel, but that's probably because I sank all my time intoThe art style always scared me away, but wow I love this game. Even more than the sequel, but that's probably because I sank all my time into this one and replayed it and gave it that investment. It's a fun turn based strategy, but the real downfall is the mandatory tutorial. Expand
  5. EricC.
    Feb 9, 2003
    9
    What's so addicting about this game is that it mimicks a game of chess. Well thought moves using a variety of units to achieve victory What's so addicting about this game is that it mimicks a game of chess. Well thought moves using a variety of units to achieve victory by either total defeat, capturing of the HQ, or some other task. Not doing anything when it's your turn is merely a part of the gameplay, and I'm surprised some see it as a negative. Sometimes, I found this game to be too addictive and I couldn't stop playing for hours. What makes this game great is the variety of strategy used in the battlefield. I would highly recommend this for any GBA owner. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2014
    9
    WiiU owners: get it now! The game is great, simple but it works so well. Many different modes, in depth strategy. If you love the genre,WiiU owners: get it now! The game is great, simple but it works so well. Many different modes, in depth strategy. If you love the genre, you'll love this game. Expand
  7. Char
    Jul 25, 2002
    5
    A moderate war game but it lacks the intensity of other GBA war games like Zone of the Enders.

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Awards & Rankings

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#3 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
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#2 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001